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Mazda TAKERI concept

October 25, 2011

Mazda has presented a new concept car called TAKERI, and it seems to be the next concept CAR behind the future Mazda 6. This also reveals Mazda’s current trend in emotional design and probably the next RX-8 (or 9) will have a similiar design lines like the future 6.

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Like the new Mazda CX-5 SUV (which was shown in Frankfurt this year but will make its Japanese debut at the Show), the TAKERI is based of Mazda’s new “KODO - Soul of Motion” design language - meaning that we’ll likely see styling elements of the TAKERI appear in production models down the track.

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The appearance of Mazda’s first regenerative braking system is notable because this car isn’t a hybrid - it runs on a diesel engine. Like conventional hybrid systems, kinetic energy is captured and stored during braking, but in this case, rather than being fed back to an electric motor, the energy is stored in a capacitor and used to power the vehicle’s electric equipment. This reduces engine load and results in excellent fuel economy according to Mazda.

Last RX-8 model in production

October 10, 2011

Mazda has chosen to commemorate the departure of the company’s RX-8 with one last special edition in Japan. The Mazda RX-8 Spirit R is set to arrive at Japanese dealerships next month and will offer 1,000 lucky buyers a host of aesthetic upgrades over the base vehicle. The package starts with an RX-8 RS and adds in exclusive badging, unique head- and taillights with black bezels and red brake calipers outside. Indoors, the cabin wears special Spirit R bucket seats hewn by the people at Recaro as well as piano black transmission tunnel trim.

Models equipped with an automatic transmission will enjoy black leather seats with red contrasting stitching. Mazda says that the RX-8 Spirit R will also feature a sport-tuned suspension and larger brakes, as well as 18-inch gun metallic wheels. A total of three exterior color options will be available, including Aluminum Metallic, Sparkling Black Mica and Crystal White Pearl Mica. Hit the jump for the press release.

Source: autoblog.com